The time has come for me to introduce you to one of my most versatile patterns. I have dubbed it the Subtle Ripple Infinity Scarf. I know the name is a bit mundane but don’t let the simplicity fool you. This scarf is truly stunning plus incredibly adaptable.
This simple infinity scarf features the v-stitch, a classic stitch that adds a subtle yet elegant touch to any pattern. It’s one of those stitches that looks more complicated than it is. If you know how to chain and double crochet, you can do this stitch! Created by working three, new stitches into one previous, chain space, the typical stitch combination is as follows: double crochet, chain 1, double crochet. While the double crochet is standard, I have a particular fondness for using a half double crochet in place of the double crochet. After a few half double crochet v-stitches, the row looks less like a bunch of v’s and more like a subtle ripple and I live for it! As a matter of fact, I use a half double crochet v-stitch throughout this week’s pattern.
Tea time right quick before we really get into it…I never intended to write this pattern. The only reason I penned it was because I couldn’t find a pattern I cared for. Which now that I think about it, is a driving factor behind most of my patterns. Anyways, when I started this venture I knew I wanted to create something with an altered v-stitch. While building thewanderinglines’ Pinterest board, I stumbled upon some truly adorable v-stitch patterns. I was inspired to create my own piece featuring this crochet classic but was stumped on what type of project I wanted to create. A scarf? Maybe a blanket?? Naturally, I did what any avid crocheter does… I returned to scouring the internet in an attempt to find a pattern that sparked my interest. Sadly, none of the patterns were what I was looking for; there was one finished product from Crochet Cricket that I was cool with but I wasn’t in LOVE with the pattern itself. I was at an impasse.
On a positive note, two good things came from hours of fruitless scouring: (1) I decided upon making an infinity scarf. (2) I discovered my issue with all the other options. It all came down to the foundation chain contributing to one of my biggest crochet dislikes: chain spaces lining edges. To be blunt, I detest when there are chain spaces on the side of my infinity scarves. I feel like it prevents the scarf from wrapping nicely; it just ends up looking like a knotted pile of yarn rather than a gorgeous scarf. I am partial to a nice solid edging to ensure that the scarf doesn’t fall apart, or snag, after continuous wears. But, all I could find was a whole bunch of chain spaces lining edges! Unwilling to compromise my vision, I began creating my own pattern.
I made a few mock-ups before I realized I had two main problems.
1. I needed to create an adaptable foundation chain
2. I needed to begin each row in such a way that a natural border was created around the edge of the scarf.
It took a while, but with perseverance, I got there. That may be why I am so incredibly proud of this pattern, even though it’s all of 3 rows.
A fantastic tip for when working with open stitches: Work your open stitches as your foundation row! In this case, that would be the v-stitch. In doing this, you gift yourself one end that is looser which will be of great assistance when joining your scarf! It will also help keep things flexible for when you go to wrap your scarf.
Despite my reservations with working into turning chains, this pattern called for it. This is because it ensures there are zip, zero, zilch chain spaces lining the edges of my gorgeous scarf and that takes precedence over my dislike of working into turning chains. I was so determined to find an alternative to working in the turning chain but nothing beat the final look when I did work into those icky little chains. Damn them for keeping things so neat and tidy! I tried admirably to convince myself otherwise but finally admitted, just this once, it may be a good technique…
But, I digress; allow us to return to keeping one end looser… I discovered this technique allows you to significantly increase the flexibility of the scarf and the pattern. That extra flexibility is vital to a nice drape especially as those half double crochets at the ends of each row add a bit of rigidity that could easily overwhelm the scarf if you aren’t careful. It also means that every skill level can see this project through to completion. This pattern was purposely designed with forgiveness in mind. Should you somehow find yourself with a count that doesn’t quite match up (and this happens to the best of us) not to worry. You will still be able to join your ends without backtracking to find your mistake. And all because you started with a flexible foundation row!
Circling back to address problem number two. After a few trials, I came to the realization that the most practical way to remove the issue of chain spaces was to replace them with a half double crochet. I was astounded when such an obvious solution worked. The half double crochet at each end created a pseudo-post that provided the exact amount of stability I was aiming for. And with that, both my problems were solved. The finished product was the best possible combination of flexible and sturdy. It easily wrapped without getting bulky. It never turned floppy; each wrap layered as seamlessly as the last. It provided warmth but it wasn’t stifling. And oh my goddess is it stylish. It is almost comical how easily this scarf can be dressed up or down. Since a simple color change completely transforms this piece, imagine all the other alterations you could make.
Next week I will delve into some of those specific alterations. I will also go through some crochet techniques with you. I am dying to try my hand at crochet analysis and see if I can adeptly explain some of the more technical aspects of a stitch.
As usual, if you find any mistakes within the pattern, have a question or comment, or would like to share your version of this infinity scarf please drop it in the comment box below. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!